The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Politicians in Action #8

Tony Benn (Labour-Bristol South East) talks on the phone.


Mike D said...

tony benn - a truly righteous human being and a politician. a rare combination

Tom Sutpen said...

Hear hear.

We not only need Benn-ite solutions in this country, we need Benn!

Richard Gibson said...

Useless fact # 1 - he's a mad tea drinker. I heard, not sure if it's true but 80 cups per day. This site says enough to displace the QE2:

Useless fact # 2 - he was related to Margaret 'Murder at the Gallop' Rutherford.

Great programme where he interviewed the interviewers recently shown on BBC2. He turned the tables on our best political journalists - Jeremy Paxman, Nick Robinson, Jon Snow and John Humphrys, it was funny he asked them questions like "Just who is the international community?".

swac said...

Comedian Dylan Moran does a comedic bit about John Humphries.

You've got to love comedy that assumes people actually know things.